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Fate of LA pot shops left to voters

May 19, 2013 • National News


In this photo taken Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Brennan Thicke, who helps run the Venice Beach Care Center medical marijuana dispensary, poses next to posters explaining different medical marijuana measures, at the business in Venice, Calif. Los Angeles politicians have tried and failed for so long to regulate medical marijuana that it was only a matter of time before voters got a chance to control shops that have proliferated. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles politicians have struggled for more than five years to regulate medical marijuana, trying to balance the needs of the sick against neighborhood concerns that pot shops attract crime.

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide how Los Angeles should handle its high with three competing measures that seek to either limit the number of dispensaries or allow new ones to open and join an estimated several hundred others that currently operate.

Election Day in the nation’s second-largest city comes just two weeks after a pivotal state Supreme Court decision gave cities and counties the Login to read more

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